Strengthening our communities is vital to our business culture. At Knowledge Center, we like to support small teams doing big things in our communities. We believe giving back by sharing our time and talents, solving problems, improving lives, connecting to others and transforming ourselves, reminds us that we make a difference, when seconds matter!
The Community Give Back Plan for 2017 includes the following small non-profit, volunteer organizations that are making a big difference in the communities where we work, live, and play.
Knowledge Center Enterprises, LLC, is a Leader’s Circle member of the Montour Trail Council, the recipient of the 2017 Trail of the Year award from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR).
The 63-mile Montour Trail system occupies the right of way of the former Montour Railroad and Peters Creek Branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad between Coraopolis and Clairton in suburban Pittsburgh, making it one of the nation’s longest non-motorized suburban rail-trails. The trail connects with Pittsburgh International Airport, the Panhandle Trail, and the Great Allegheny Passage that stretches over 330 miles from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C.
The Montour Trail Council was created in 1989 to oversee the construction, maintenance, and operation of the Montour Trail. With over 400,000 annual users, the all-volunteer organization relies on volunteers, friends’ groups, and community organizations to keep the trail in excellent condition.
Knowledge Center added it to the Community Give Back plan for 2017, supporting the Council annually by contributing sweat equity in upcoming Volunteer Work Party events and through continued financial contributions. The Council is vital to maintaining the Rail/Trail continuum for Allegheny and Washington counties and Knowledge Center is honored to be a part of this initiative!
Knowledge Center Enterprises, LLC, invests time through volunteerism at the local Community Food Share (CFS) organization. Community Food Share provides direct support to families, seniors, and other individuals who struggle with hunger in the Boulder and Broomfield Counties in Colorado. The food bank collects, stores, and distributes food to feed families, provides emergency food and nutrition assistance through The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), dispatches mobile pantries to needy neighborhoods and locations, provides emergency food in a crisis, and supports our elder community with a lifeline to nutrition for low income seniors in the community.
In addition to fighting hunger, our Community Give Back Day at CFS builds team cohesion, boosts morale, and increases motivation. Our team spends the day sorting produce, canned goods, frozen foods; restocking pantry shelves; repackaging foods; and maintaining a clean, food-safe facility. We are fortunate to be surrounded by agricultural areas, and, weather permitting, we work outside in gardens and farms, helping to plant and pick fresh produce for CFS.